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James Clear
James Clear writes at, where he shares ideas for using behavior science to improve your performance and master your habits. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter. Or, download his 45-page guide called Transform Your Habits.

Entries by James Clear

What Is Actually Required for Success?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:51 PM

For over one year, I trained with the great folks at Columbus Weightlifting.

One of our lifters, Heather, joined the team and didn't have a pair of weightlifting shoes. So, she borrowed a beat up pair that was riddled with cracked leather. They were easily over 10 years old. For...

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The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers (And How They Can Help You Succeed)

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:44 PM

How many people die with their best work still inside them?

We often assume that great things are done by those who were blessed with natural talent, genius, and skill. But how many great things could have been done by people who never fully realized their potential? I think many...

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Be Honest: Are You Rejecting Yourself? (Why You Should Make Things)

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Something unexpected happened recently. I started getting more visitors to my website from Google.

In fact, if you search the phrase "how to stop procrastinating" in Google right now, then you will probably see this article on the first page of results: How to Stop Procrastinating by Using the "2-Minute...

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It's Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 6:39 PM

I was lifting with the owner of my gym. She was doing clean and jerks. I was squatting.

In between sets, I asked if she had ever competed in an Olympic weightlifting meet. "You should do one. They are a lot of fun and you're definitely built to be a...

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Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice From Mozart, Picasso and Kobe Bryant

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 10:34 PM

How long does it take to become elite at your craft? And what do the people who master their goals do differently than the rest of us?

That's what John Hayes, a cognitive psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University, wanted to know.

For decades, Hayes has been investigating the role...

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6 Truths About Exercise That Nobody Wants to Believe

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:12 PM

Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.

With that in mind, here are six exercise tips, weightlifting basics, and training essentials that nobody wants to believe, but everyone should follow.

Take these ideas to heart and you'll reap major benefits. While...

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The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 1:03 PM

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of all-time.

For this research study, Bartlett recited a Native American folk tale called "The War of the Ghosts" to each participant. Then, Bartlett followed up with each person several...

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What to Do When You Want to Build Better Habits (But Can't Get Started)

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 4:13 PM

It was 1978.

In the years that would follow, Dean Hovey would meet with Steve Jobs and design the first mouse for Apple Computer. But today, he was a junior at Stanford University, majoring in Product Design, and he was sitting in drawing class.

His professor, Jan Molenkamp, asked if...

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The Fight Is the Reward

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 5:20 PM

It was my senior year and I was pitching against the #3 team in the country, the College of Wooster.

The first batter of the game was making my life difficult. He fouled off a pitch. Then another. And another. I threw a ball outside, hoping he would bite on...

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Haters and Critics: How to Deal with People Judging You and Your Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 1:50 PM

It doesn't matter how you choose to live your life -- whether you build a business or work a corporate job; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym five times a week...

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How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 6:11 PM

We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.

Each week, I hear from people who say things like, "I start with good intentions, but I can't seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time."

Or, they will say, "I struggle...

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Plan for Chaos: How to Stick to Your Health Goals When Life Gets Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 5:18 PM

I played baseball in college. During the offseason, my teammates and I would battle through friendly Strongman competitions where we would flip a giant tractor tire, drag a sled full of weights, and generally push, pull, and throw heavy, oddly-shaped things.

Occasionally, there would be an event where someone would...

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How to Chase Your Dreams and Reinvent Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 4:05 PM

In 1965, a young man named Tom graduated from college with a degree in English.

Soon after, Tom took a job with an insurance company in Connecticut. After working there for seven years, he transitioned to a new role in the industry and started working for an insurance agency. He...

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3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:37 PM

Building good habits can be difficult.

That's especially true if you want to stick with them for the long-term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.

I'm not going to pretend like these ideas are the only way...

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Do the Painful Things First

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 1:38 PM

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be useful over and over again in my life.

I was sitting in a marketing class and we were discussing ways to design a...

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Forget About Setting Goals -- Focus on This Instead

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 7:13 PM

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a...

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You're Not Good Enough to Be Disappointed

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 2:05 PM

Dan John is a weightlifting coach. He is well-known in the fitness world for keeping things simple. As regular readers know, simplicity matches up well with my exercise philosophy. (Dan John also has two first names. And you should always fear a man with two first names.)


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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 7:44 PM

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.

Each week, This American Life is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to...

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If You Sit at a Computer All Day This Mobility Exercise Will Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 10:21 AM

If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

In fact, you probably spend a lot of time in a hunched over position. Whether it's sitting at a desk, in a car, or on the couch, the default position for many people...

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How to Be Thankful for Life By Changing Just One Word

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 9:01 AM

My college strength and conditioning coach Mark Watts taught me an important lesson that applies to life outside of the gym...

As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the things that we have to do.

You have to wake up early for work. You have...

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